Honey Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

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Here is an easy recipe for Honey Molasses Chicken Drumsticks.

Honey Molasses Chicken Drumsticks recipe from RecipeGirl.com

This is a great recipe to make for families with young kids.  Kids definitely are drawn to the appeal of picking up drumsticks with their fingers.  Finger foods are fun for kids!

Picky eaters tend to love these drumsticks.  They’re covered with a simple glaze, and they’re delicious!

Honey Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 6 servings (1 drumstick per serving)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes



  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl; whisk together and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan, browning on all sides. Add honey mixture to pan, turning chicken to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken every 5 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional minute or until mixture is thick and darker color, and the chicken is well coated. Remove from heat; serve immediately, or cool before refrigerating.
  • Nifty tip: Before measuring out your honey, spray your measuring spoon with nonstick spray. The honey won't stick to the spoon and it will slide right off!
  • WEIGHT WATCHERS Freestyle SmartPoints per drumstick:  5
SOURCE: Cooking Light

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  • Cindy wrote:

    Hi! Is there a substitute for the molasses? I don’t have that readily available. Thanks!

  • Linda Hielscher wrote:

    I love your recipes Lori!  This one did not disappoint, the chicken was delicious but the sauce was the highlight of the recipe.  Bravo … another gourmet meal!!  

  • Mindy wrote:

    I’m about to try this, but using the oven, for my family dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe! I do have to say though, it’s a but funny to see a McDonald’s advertisement, or `nasty burger` advertisement, as my kids call it lol

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry about that!

  • pahla wrote:

    Can I do it in the fryer

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      This isn’t a recipe that is meant for the fryer.

  • Meeya wrote:

    This recipe looks great… but I ran out of dijon mustard. Is there anything I can use instead of the mustard? Cider vinegar maybe with a little mustard powder? Just don’t want it to be too spicy for the kids!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry for the late reply- I was away on vacation. Did you try it as you mentioned?

  • Ashleygirl wrote:

    Way too sweet! Next time I’ll eliminate brown sugar or honey, maybe add a little more mustard or vinegar.